> From: Virginia Rockwood <wckdstpm>
> To: BluesTruth
> Cc: ArtsEdNet <artsednet.edu>
> Subject: Apple Lesson
> Date: Saturday, August 29, 1998 12:29 PM
> Dear Bluestruth,
> Many years ago (20) I developed an apple lesson while student teaching
> elementary school art. I've continued to use it at the high school and
> middle school level, too. Results are always great, but the little guys
> in elementary school always seem to come up with the most creative
> I give each child a pre-washed apple, and I guide them through "eating
> an apple" with their 5 physical senses. Please pick up the apple. Notice
> its weight. Identify all the colors you see. What does it smell like?
> What is its shape/form? What does the stem look like? What does the skin
> feel like? Take a bite. What does a bite sound like? What shape did your
> teeth leave on the apple? How juicy is it? How could you describe the
> flavor? etc. etc. until all that's left is a core. While the core is
> slowly turning brown around the edges, explain how art is made to
> communicate an idea, and their job is to communicate their experience of
> eating an apple in as much detail as possible. They much take an event
> that takes place over time and reduce it into an image on paper.
> I usually provide 12X18 paper and markers or colored pencils. I try to
> give as few directions as possible, so students can originate their own
> solutions. The lesson is easily adapted to any age level.
> Have fun!
> Ginny Rockwood
> Brattleoro Area Middle School
> Brattleoro, VT